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Luke Holmesby  May 9, 2013 8:00 AM

140 years of history in a guernsey St Kilda's Sam Fisher and David Armitage unveil the Saints' 140-year heritage guernsey featuring the names of the 1,551 footballers who have represented the club.
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Jimmy Gwilt models the 140th guernsey to be worn on Monday night

ST KILDA will acknowledge the origins of the club in this week’s game against Carlton with a replica of the first jumper the club ever wore.

The Saints will take to the field on Monday night wearing a jumper with red and black hoops, similar to the guernsey that was worn in its first ever game, also against Carlton in 1873.

That game, which was actually held against Carlton’s reserves team was played on May 31, 1873 and finished in St Kilda winning three goals to none.

Arthur Greenwood was the appointed captain and his deputy was Frank Fulford. Reports in the media at the time spoke of the club as being “in a very flourishing condition”.

The team of 1873 wore white neckerchiefs with the guernsey, which will be acknowledged with white trimmings on the neck and arms.

The guernsey will also have the names of every player who has played for the Saints at VFL/AFL level until the end of 2012, going right up to Seb Ross who debuted in the round 23 game against Greater Western Sydney.

The club was originally formed at a meeting on April 2, 1873.

After about 13 years the club changed its guernsey to thin red, white and black stripes, which served as the base for the colours the club wears to this day.